Polar plunges, otherwise known as polar bear plunges, are held all over the world, usually for different charitable causes. These events involve participants ‘plunging’ themselves into an icy cold body of water, and are a fun and exciting way to raise money and awareness for worthwhile causes.
4th Annual Oswego Polar Plunge
This month, on the 9th of April, the fourth annual polar plunge will be held in Oswego, with participants jumping into the Oneida Lake. It is easy to sign up for the polar plunge, whether you are with a group of friends or want to have a go as an individual, with each participant collecting donations from their friends and family. Polar plunges are always fun events, and, just like at the polar plunges held all over the world, silly outfits and costumes are always encouraged, and never fail to draw louder cheers from the crowds.
Special Olympics New York
Polar plunges are held to raise money for charities, and, this year, the Oswego Polar Plunge is being held in aid of the Special Olympics New York. This organization was originally founded in 1968, and has grown today into a vibrant community that celebrates the diverse gifts that each individual has. The Special Olympics are a vital part of the lives of many, and gives those with intellectual disabilities the all important opportunity to develop their physical fitness, demonstrate courage and bravery, and make new, lifelong friends.
Oswego, New York
If you have decided to head to Oswego for the Polar Plunge, then it is definitely worth sticking around for a while and exploring all that Oswego has to offer. For any history buffs out there, the Fort Ontario State Historic Site is always popular, while nature lovers always have a great time at the Oswego Orchards. For those who want to soak up some culture, Oswego is home to some fascinating museums, from the H. Lee White Marine Museum, depicting the maritime history of the area, to the Oswego Railroad Museum to the Richardson-Bates House Museum, which is a sprawling mansion filled with enchanting riches. When it comes to picking a restaurant for a bite to eat, there are plenty of quality joints to choose from. La Parrilla Grill and Wine Bar serves up tasty Mediterranean dishes, while the Red Sun Fire Roasting Co. focuses on fresh ingredients and an ever-evolving menu. For an unbeatable location, head to Alex’s on the Water, which overlooks the great Lake Ontario. From the sweet and tender duck legs to the juicy pulled pork burger, this is a restaurant that guarantees an unforgettable meal with each and every visit.
If you do not yet have any plans for the weekend of the 9th of April, plan a trip to Oswego, New York. Not only will you be able to participate in the polar plunge, which is an experience that you will no doubt remember for the rest of your life, but you will also be able to explore this unique part of New York, enjoying a weekend of history, culture and delicious food.